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Council implement travel policy for staff

Miles driven in private vehicles for business, known as grey fleet mileage, can be considered an 'easy option' for council staff: the employee uses their own car and the employer processes the resulting mileage claim.

Dumfries and Galloway Council was keen to implement a progressive new travel policy to tackle grey fleet and encourage the use of low-emission vehicles.  Our Council introduced the following measures:

  • The introduction of a grey fleet mileage reduction target which was implemented across all departments
  • The use of electric vehicles within the current pool fleet
  • Telematics units have now been fitted to Council vehicles to monitor driving styles
  • Establishing a car club for both Council employees and the public.


The Grey Fleet Review revealed that Council staff travelled 2.86 million business miles in 2011/12.  This has since been reduced to 2.17 million, a reduction of 23 percent within one year.  The improvements have also resulted in estimated carbon savings of 231 tonnes and cost savings of £400,000 per annum.

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